Set in post-war Troy, this wrenching comics-poetry update of Euripides’ tragic play by poet Carson and artist Bruno embodies feminine narratives with wry lyricism. Bruno’s black-and-white illustrations literalize poetic metaphors to whimsical effect. Yet the cleverness and agility of this graphic work amplify its tragedies….Even the infamous Helen, a shape-shifter who appears as a silver fox and a mirror, must defend her life to her husband, the king Menelaos, after Hekabe wants her ‘sentenced to death out of her own mouth’ for her apparent complicity in the downfall of Troy…. Accompanied by a chorus of cows and dogs, Hekabe mourns the death of a final heir (drawn as a sapling) and says, ‘We can’t go on/ we go on.’ Such is the story of war and genocide throughout history, and in Carson and Bruno’s expert hands, it strikes as powerfully contemporary.
Publishers Weekly (starred)

A fantastic comic-book collaboration between the artist Rosanna Bruno and the poet Anne Carson, based on Euripides’s famous tragedy

Available May 25, 2021

The Trojan Women

Poetry by Rosanna Bruno Anne Carson

Here is a new comic-book version of Euripides’s classic The Trojan Women, which follows the fates of Hekabe, Andromache, and Kassandra after Troy has been sacked and all its men killed. This collaboration between the visual artist Rosanna Bruno and the poet and classicist Anne Carson attempts to give a genuine representation of how human beings are affected by warfare. Therefore, all the characters take the form of animals (except Kassandra, whose mind is in another world).

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Clothbound (published May 25, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230797
Price US
19.95
Trim Size
9x12
Page Count
80

Ebook (published May 25, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230803

Anne Carson

Canadian poet, essayist and translator of Greek mythology

Set in post-war Troy, this wrenching comics-poetry update of Euripides’ tragic play by poet Carson and artist Bruno embodies feminine narratives with wry lyricism. Bruno’s black-and-white illustrations literalize poetic metaphors to whimsical effect. Yet the cleverness and agility of this graphic work amplify its tragedies….Even the infamous Helen, a shape-shifter who appears as a silver fox and a mirror, must defend her life to her husband, the king Menelaos, after Hekabe wants her ‘sentenced to death out of her own mouth’ for her apparent complicity in the downfall of Troy…. Accompanied by a chorus of cows and dogs, Hekabe mourns the death of a final heir (drawn as a sapling) and says, ‘We can’t go on/ we go on.’ Such is the story of war and genocide throughout history, and in Carson and Bruno’s expert hands, it strikes as powerfully contemporary.
Publishers Weekly (starred)
Bruno’s illustration works wonderfully with Carson’s text, making [for] a beautiful, affecting translation.
Women’s Review of Books
What do you get when you cross Euripides’ classic tragedy, the artistic stylings of Rosanna Bruno, and the poetic touch of Anne Carson? This book! Here’s what we know: Troy has been ravaged. Everyone is depicted as an animal (except Kassandra, who is another planet, which actually makes complete sense when you think about it). Need I say more?
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Rosanna Bruno’s Slanted Life is so hysterical, you may find yourself with a case of the vapors.
—Alison Bechdel
In her classical translations, Carson has pursued what T. S. Eliot called “a continuous parallel between contemporaneity and antiquity.”
—Will Harrison, BOMB
Anne Carson is a daring, learned, unsettling writer.
—Susan Sontag